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Maivi Ots, Managing Partner

Maivi Ots

Managing Partner


Estonian, English, Russian, Finnish, German

Practice areas

  • Banking and finance
  • Commercial and IT
  • Corporate
  • Financial services
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Mergers and acquisitions

Practice notes

Managing Partner Maivi Ots has more than 20 years of experience in advising companies in many different aspects of business. Maivi's long-term clientele comprises both local businesses as well as major international corporations.  

In the Law Office Maivi leads the banking and finance law, corporate law as well as mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practices.  

Being head of the banking and finance law team, Maivi specialises in complex commercial and financing transactions as well as regulatory issues relating to banking and finance. She is also experienced in insurance law issues.

Maivi has extensive experience in counselling in matters related to mergers and acquisitions. Her experience includes advising on more than 400 international deals. She has advised several top value transactions, including a number of transactions that lead up to hundreds of millions in value.

She also plays an important role in the firm’s real estate department. She is involved in large real estate transactions and she has lately been elaboranting unique financing schemes for real estate transactions.

She is currently together with Mattig Management Consultants assigned by EBRD on working of measures for incentivising Estonian capital markets. Maivi is also appointed by the Ministry of Justice as a member of the revision commission of the Estonian Commercial Code. She is also the author of several articles which relate to capital engagement.

Maivi is a member of the Board of the Estonian Bar Association; moreover, she is a delegate in the Corporate Law Committee of the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe. Maivi is also a member of such professional organisations as Estonian Lawyers' Association and the International Bar Association.

Maivi has been a welcomed speaker at a number of public seminars and conferences as well as at corporate training events.


Maivi’s comprehensive competence has been recognized by independent international publications:  

  • Chambers Global 2023 and Chambers Europe 2023 (Corporate/Commercial, Real Estate, Banking&Finance)
  • Legal 500 2022 (Hall of Fame in Commercial, Corporate and M&A; Real Estate and Construction)
  • Legal Experts EMEA 

  • Since 2017, Maivi is a Certified Adviser of Nasdaq Baltic First North.

Client feedback

Chambers 2023: The highly established and widely respected Maivi Ots assists with corporate matters across a range of sectors including healthcare, technology and industrial. Clients enthuse that "Maivi Ots is very hands-on and experienced, her explanations are simple and straightforward, she always has a great ability to find the best solutions, she's quick and keeps to deadlines."

Managing partner Maivi Ots is described by clients as "very client-orientated." Market commentators highlight her experience in real estate-related M&A work, with one remarking: "She is a good negotiator and quite practical."

Recent experience includes

  • 2019 CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Award for Estonia for advising on Baltics Classifieds Group sale to Apax Partners 

  • Extensive legal assistance to clients on commercial and corporate issues caused by the lockdown in Estonia due to COVID-19


1999-… Law Office Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co

1998-1999  Law Office Siigur & Roosalu

1997-1998  AS PricewaterhouseCoopers


2006 University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, MA

1997 University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, BA (cum laude)


Estonian Bar Association, Member of the Board 2010-2019

Delegate of the Estonian Bar Association in the Corporate Law Committee of Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe

International Bar Association

Estonian Lawyers Association

Estonian Young Lawyers Association


 Legal 500 Leading Individual 2020Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2020Legal 500 Hall of FameCEE Legal Matters Deal of the year 2019


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